Gainesville Sun Wins Prizes in Florida Society of News Editors Contest

A collection of editorials written by the Gainesville Sun’s editor for opinion and engagement, Nathan Crabbe, won first place in the Florida Society of News Editors’ journalism competition for 2022, presented Thursday in Ponte Vedra .

The editorials covered a range of topics, including related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the need to reduce the prison population where the disease was spreading rapidly, criticizing the local school board’s decision to buy land in the west of Alachua County for a school that is not yet planned, and the need for better security measures at the University of Florida.

Brad McClenny, senior visual reporter at The Sun, teamed up with other staffers to take home two awards.

A history of Paynes Prairiewritten by writer John Henderson, which included a podcast produced by McClenny, won second place for multimedia.

A feature article written by former editor Emily Mavrakis on the sale of the Gilchrist County jail, which would be hauntedwhich included a video produced by McClenny, won third place for multimedia.

Sports columnist David Whitley won third place for Chronicles.

The Sun competes in Division C, for news organizations whose websites have fewer than one million unique visitors per month on average.

The Ocala Star-Banner also won four awards, including a top prize in sports photography for a collection of photos by personal photographer Doug Engle.

The Sun and Star-Banner compete in Division C, for news outlets whose websites have fewer than one million unique visitors per month on average. The awards, for work published in 2021, were handed out Thursday at the society‘s annual conference.

The Sun is a member of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Florida, which includes 19 daily newspapers. In total, USA TODAY NETWORK won 80 awards, including two gold medals and 27 first-place awards. The network’s newspapers also won 24 second-place awards and 27 third-place awards.

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